Cipriano’s Saddle River Backyard Design Garners International Honors

The steep terrain on Bill Temiz’s two-acre Saddle River estate posed a daunting challenge for the team of landscape professionals at Cipriano Landscape Design. The question was, how could Temiz’s desire for luxurious landscaping and a pool be fulfilled when there were dramatic changes in elevation from the road to the rear of the property. With a little persistence and collaboration, the company took a nightmare project and created a backyard oasis for its clients. These efforts were recognized this week by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, which awarded the finished design the Silver International Award of Excellence.

When Temiz was notified that his home had received an international award, he thanked the team of companies that had worked on the project with gratitude. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our project and the international recognition of our property is just an added bonus,” says homeowner Bill Temiz. A smooth relationship between custom home builder George Kevo of Kevo Development Corp. and Cipriano Landscape Design, which specializes in custom pools and landscapes, made the difference. “We are fortunate that Mr. Kevo had the foresight to involve us in the planning very early on,” says Chris Cipriano, President of Cipriano Landscape Design. “There were some key changes that needed to be made to the original site design. If they had happened after the project started, they could have cost the homeowner over $ 100,000.”

Temiz initially wanted a formal back yard for entertaining guests. However, to compensate for the slope in accordance with local zoning regulations, four or five consecutive retaining walls, each over 30 meters long, would have been required. The return on investment for such a complex design was an issue. The height restriction for the walls and the limitation of the slope posed a challenge to Bill Moore, landscape architect at Cipriano Landscape Design. His job was to redesign the pool to include a natural waterfall that merges into the main pool and a modified edged pool with a waterfall sloping towards the main dining terrace. Moore recommended the natural harvest of stones as an attractive alternative to retaining walls. Harvesting stones allowed boulders to form two levels of waterfalls that could absorb a significant portion of the slope while adding natural beauty. “Thanks to our joint teamwork, we were able to carry out the project as quickly and precisely as possible and fulfill all of Mr. Temiz’s wishes for a unique outdoor oasis,” says Cipriano.

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is the leading international trade association for swimming pools, spas and whirlpools. The group’s 37th annual awards ceremony was held at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Florida in late November. Hundreds of international applicants competed for awards, including some of the most prestigious companies in the swimming pool industry. All strived for worldwide recognition of their personal masterpieces. One of those top international designs is now in the heart of the Saddle River in Bergen County.

Founded in 1989, Cipriano Landscape Design is a recognized industry leader in bespoke living landscapes and swimming pools. After just over a decade in business, the company catapulted itself to the forefront of the state’s luxury landscaping and pool design and construction industry when it was awarded a $ 2.5 million residential landscaping project. Today, in addition to the Ramsey, New Jersey office, the Cipriano family also own a 10 acre farm and nursery in Mahwah, New Jersey, which grows large specimens of calipers and other rare plants. With a design office led by certified landscape architect William Moore, the Cipriano team recently won the Northeast Pool & Spa Association’s Best-in-Competition Pool Award 2007 and a silver medal at the Association of Pool & Spa Professional’s International Awards of Excellence.

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of our project and the international recognition of our property is just an added bonus,” says homeowner Bill Temiz.


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